26th Jul 2013

Contrary to what many people think, I do not automatically continue as the attorney for the trust.  The trustee may retain me as the attorney, but they are not obligated to do so.  The trustee may retain another qualified attorney, … more

1st Oct 2011

HOW MUCH DOES ESTATE PLANNING COST?

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28th Mar 2011

It really depends on your individual circumstances, particularly the complexity and size of your estate. Most estate planning lawyers charge a flat fee, also known as a fixed fee, to prepare an estate plan, whether it is a basic will … more

Personal Service Is My Standard

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27th Dec 2010

 I have just completed my 20th year of practice in Estate Planning, Business Planning, and Estates: 19 years as a solo practitioner.  Unlike larger firms, I personally work directly with my clients, which allows me to provide a more affordable, … more

19th Nov 2010

DWIGHT EDWARD TOMPKINS Attorney at Law TOMPKINS-LAW.COM    This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice from a qualified estate planning attorney in your jurisdiction.  

DID GLORIA ALLRED VIOLATE HER ETHICAL DUTIES?

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11th Oct 2010

Forget the political and media implications of the Gloria Allred press conference with her client, Ms. Diaz Santillan recently held. What is truly fascinating, at least to me as a lawyer, is the apparent ethical violations of Gloria Allred to … more

THE REALITIES OF OFFSHORE ASSET PROTECTION

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9th Jul 2010

The days of moving money to an offshore account are gone — The United States is the only industrialized nation that taxes its overseas citizens, subjecting them to double taxation:   taxation in the US and in the country of residence.   … more

DOING THE RIGHT THING

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21st Jun 2010

a As I head for trial starting next Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court defending a nonprofit corporation against claims made by former members, I am reminded of how important it is to “do the right thing”. Litigation always seems … more

THE TRAGEDY OF A “BOTCHED TRUST”

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17th Apr 2010

I am often asked to review and amend living trusts or family trusts that have been not been originally prepared by me.  Tragically, some of these turn out to be a “botched trust”.  A “botched trust” is a trust that will ultimately fail when … more